Friday, October 19, 2007

Update:New Verizon DNS Landing Page

Well, well.
It seems you can opt out of the Verizon Landing page. AKA Verizon DNS assistance, Just change your DNS to 68.238.0.14 or see links below for detailed instructions.

Opting out of DNS assistance

When you enter a domain name into the address bar of your Web browser, DNS (Domain Name Service) translates the domain name into an IP address that your computer understands. Your computer then displays the Web site based on this IP address.

If you prefer that the DNS server display an error message when it can't match the domain you've entered with an IP address, you can change your DNS settings in your hardware device (router, gateway, or modem) or in your Operating System. Either method prevents DNS Assistance servers from displaying a page of links to sites that have similar domain names to the one you entered.

  1. Change the DNS settings in the Operating System
    • Note: If you change the DNS settings in your Operating System, you could encounter problems if you travel with this computer. You will probably have to change back to the original settings to connect to a hotel network, for example."

  2. Change the DNS settings in the hardware device
    • Note: Changing the DNS settings in the hardware device requires that you know the device user name and password.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

BookMark: Adding social bookmarking sites to Blogger Blogs

Sunday, October 14, 2007

RDP / MSTSC usage switches (v6.0)

UPDATE For Vista SP1: "mstsc /console" is now "mstsc /admin."

MSTSC [] [/v:] [/console] [/f[ullscreen]]
[/w: /h:] [/public] | [/span] [/edit "connection file"] [/migrate]

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Good Quote by Ayn Rand

We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality.

USA Today is aware of the Deceptive fax blast

Note to readers: We at USA TODAY are aware of a fax blast of an unsolicited advertisement, designed to look like a story from our Aug. 7 Money section, that has been received in many homes and businesses. The story is a hoax and never was published in USA TODAY. While we cannot comment on the validity of the offer described in the fake article, promoting vacation packages to Cancun, Mexico, and often containing a handwritten note, we do want you to be aware that we have filed reports with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling to their attention the fraudulent nature of the fax. To those of you who have called this to our attention, thank you for taking the time to contact us to let us know that our name is being misused in this manner. Should you wish to file a complaint with the government, there are complaint forms available on the FTC website at https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01 and on the FCC website at https://esupport.fcc.gov/form1088/consumer.do.

Advertising mind games Part 2

In continuation of the previous blog post this example, received as a fax, has the same elements of deceptive advertising, however it is worse. This one has the "friend" endorsement and USA Today, a neutral third party. I am not sure whether USA today actually posted this article (I doubt it) Its a fake, but the double endorsement is powerful.
Thankfuly I have no plans to go to Cancun, and I figured out the slimy trick.
Update see this post

Advertising mind games Part 1

Its a well known fact that the very best advertising is word of mouth. Nothing beats it. You get the endorsement and your company name passed on to a potential customer in one.

On the other hand radio, print and TV advertising is all about plastering your company name. The hope is that if you hear it enough you will believe that it is good. This generally works, however todays society is inoculated against this effect.

To counteract this inoculation you get all kinds of endorsements along with the broadcast of the company name. This is better but also suffers because people recognize that they are paid endorsements and the endorsement potential is diluted somewhat.

So then there is endorsement without the company name, by way of a fictional friend.
I'll explain.
My parents received a letter in the mail, no return address and a handwritten to address. The effect is a guaranteed opening of that letter. So it gets opened and inside is what appears to be a pull out of a newspaper praising a certain product. On the newspaper in the top corner is a hand written

"Xxxxx, Check it Out! -J"

Now, it took me a minute but I realized that this was endorsement without the company name (don't worry the contact info was there at the very end). There is no friend "J", it was an attempt to endorse a company by way of "word of mouth".

Unfortunately for them it also destroys all credibility and leaves no trust. I would never buy from such a company.

See for yourself.
(Due to the nature of the internet I had to obscure personal information)



Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Verizon DNS Landing Page

So it seems that at about 12:00pm today Verizon in my area started feeding a landing page for site that do not resolve in Verizon DNS. This kinda messes up my network for a number of reasons. This tactic BTW is also used by OpenDNS (its how they make money) and thats why it is free.

Grrr.
Now I need new DNS servers.